Comment: You can't stop childish behavior, but you can expect maturity

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You can't stop childish behavior, but you can expect maturity

Some folks expect the world to function like home where parents paid for everything and responsibilities were small. What we are hoping for is that those among us who are smart enough to embrace libertarian ideals might also grow up enough to recognize that we need them to follow them wisely.

Tom's grief is one we all feel because it's easy to be frustrated by those who like how we think, and sound like they "get it"; until something of worth must be paid for. When they balk and squawk, or just walk away mad because someone asked them to carry their weight,...well, we know that their understanding of Liberty is more childish theory than real life maturity.

The marketplace of ideas and events have intrinsic value and obvious costs associated with their investments, promotion, and presentation. I have always found Liberty loving folks to be most responsible at setting a reasonable prices for real worthwhile exchanges. It's really sad when some among us just won't step up to fair trading.

Even in the early community of faith, "disorderly busybodies" failed to apply themselves to their responsibilities; immaturely expecting to eat for free at others expense. Paul purposely took the high ground of laboring "night and day" to pay his own way and those who traveled with him; even when he could have made reasonable demands; because he wanted to stay away from any implied expectations being put back on him, while setting a good example to follow:

Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.
For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;
Neither did we eat any man's bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you:
Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us. For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.
But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. - 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. - Frederick Douglass